The Wheel-Turning Monarch

Cakkavatti Sutta

dīgha Nikāya 26 of 34

Translated by: Bhikkhu Sujato
Read by: Roland Kitchen


In illustration of his dictum that one should rely on oneself, the Buddha gives a detailed account of the fall of a kingly lineage of the past, and the subsequent degeneration of society. This process, however, is not over, as the Buddha predicts that eventually society will fall into utter chaos. But far in the future, another Buddha, Metteyya, will arise in a time of peace and plenty.